‘Equalizer’ director Antoine Fuqua was attached to the project, before dropping out due to scheduling conflicts.
David Fincher and Brad Pitt are reteaming for World War Z 2
Rumored last year before the project vanished from the Paramount Pictures release calendar, World War Z 2 appears to have found a helmer in none other than David Fincher! Although World War Z 2 has not yet been given the official green light, today’s report in Variety suggests that confirmation is imminent and that Fincher will be taking the director’s chair, reteaming him with star Brad Pitt. Production would likely begin in early 2018.
Fincher’s sole sequel credit to date was his feature film debut, 1992’s Alien 3. Far more common is his work with Pitt. Fincher has thrice directed Pitt: in 1995’s Se7en, 1999’s Fight Club, and in 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Fincher’s most recent feature, however, was 2014’s Gillian Flynn adaptation Gone Girl.
The first World War Z followed United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. The cast of the original also included Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox and David Morse.
Despite production problems and an expensive reshoot of the film’s third act, the first World War Z was a big hit worldwide with $ 540 million. The film, based on Max Brooks’ novel, was directed by Marc Forster on a $ 190 million budget. The sequel is being produced by Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Ian Bryce and Skydance‘s David Ellison.
How do you feel about David Fincher taking the director’s chair on World War Z 2? Is there anything specific from the original book that you’d like to see brought to the screen? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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David Goyer and Eliza Dushku developing The Black Company books for television
IM Global Television has announced development on The Black Company, an adaptation of Glen Cook’s books, a fantasy series with Eliza Dushku’s Boston Diva Productions and David Goyer’s Phantom Four.
Boston Diva Productions optioned the ten-book epic action fantasy series, as well as the forthcoming book, Port of Shadows, which falls between Book 1 and 2 in the series and will be published by Tor Books in 2018. Dushku (Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) will portray the pivotal role of the dark sorceress, “The Lady.” Under IM Global Television’s first-look deal, David S. Goyer (Da Vinci’s Demons, Flash Forward) will executive produce along with Kevin Turen (Birth of a Nation, All Is Lost, Arbitrage). Also on board as executive producers through their Boston Diva company are Dushku, Nate Dushku, and Ami Lourie, along with Sam Maydew (Ghetto Klown) of Silver Lining Entertainment.
IM Global Television President Mark Stern said, “Glen Cook’s books turn the traditional fantasy adventure tropes on their ear with wry, dimensional characters and a modern sensibility. We’re excited to explore this intricate and exciting world for television with David and Kevin along with Eliza, Nate, Ami and Sam.”
Dushku added, “’The Black Company’ is vast in scope yet remains fundamentally relevant through the morally ambiguous choices it presents at every turn. We are excited to bring Glen Cook’s classic story to life with Mark and David, luminaries in the cinematic pursuit of science fiction and epic fantasy, who will inevitably assemble poignant characters embroiled in jaw-dropping action.”
The series follows the exploits of the Black Company, an elite mercenary unit that carries out the often nefarious deeds of the highest bidder across a Tolkeinesque landscape. When these hard-bitten men discover the prophecy that the embodiment of good has been reborn, they must re-examine their loyalties. “The Lady,” who rules over the Northern Empire, uses the Black Company to further her domination of a power structure rife with usurpers. Additional casting will be announced in the coming weeks.
The book series began with The Black Company in 1984 with Cook having since published eight additional novels, a spin-off, several short stories, and with two more books forthcoming.
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter and director shares his advice on how to write great stories.
Glengarry Glen Ross. The Untouchables. American Buffalo. The Verdict. Wag the Dog. Oleanna. Many writers can create great dialogue, but only one inspired the adjective «Mametesque.» And yet, to focus only on David Mamet’s brilliant dialogue in his plays and screenplays is to miss the much bigger picture that Mamet is a master at crafting intricate tales that don’t waste a beat.
Now, Mamet wants to share his perspective on writing stories with his own MasterClass for only $ 90, joining previous MasterClass teachers Steve Martin, Aaron Sorkin, and Shonda Rhimes.
David Oyelowo Joins Jacob Estes’ Blumhouse film Only You
Blumhouse is gearing up for its newest film Only You from writer Jacob Estes, who will both write and direct the project. Deadline is reporting that Selma star David Oyelowo has just been cast in the film. Though there is little information about Only You yet, it’s being called a thriller involving time travel.
Jason Blum from Blumhouse will produce Only You. Executive producing are Oyelowo, Couper Samuelson, Jeanette Volturno and Jay Martin. Blumhouse has had major successes in recent days with Get Out, which is the second-highest grossing horror film of all time after 1973’s The Exorcist. M. Night Shyamalan’s Split is another recent success for Blumhouse.
Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo is known for playing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma and appearing in Nightingale, for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie and a Golden Globe for Best Actor, Lee Daniel’s The Butler, The Queen of Katwe and Jack Reacher. He’s also known for voicing the role of Agent Kallus in the animated series Star Wars Rebels, which was renewed for a fourth and final season, as announced at this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida. Oyelowo received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his role in Selma.
Estes is known for writing and directing the short Summoning, as well as the film Mean Creek, which won two Independent Spirit Awards and a Humanitas Prize. He’s also written The Details, starring Tobey Maguire, Laura Linney, Kerry Washington and Elizabeth Banks. He wrote the screenplay for Paramount Pictures’ Rings.
Are you guys excited to see what Only You has in store? What Blumhouse film is your favorite? Are you happy about the casting of David Oyelowo? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.
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The Cannes 2017 lineup has been announced, featuring VR and TV for the first time.
Every year, the Cannes Film Festival celebrates the world’s finest auteurs in the south of France. This year’s lineup is no different, boasting the likes of Abbas Kiarostami, Agnes Varda, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Josh and Bennie Safdie, Sofia Coppola, Michael Haneke, Noah Baumbach, Lynne Ramsay, and more.
This year, the traditionally purist festival is venturing into new territory, finally embracing virtual reality and television—albeit from established directors. For the first time, the festival will screen a virtual reality film from none other than Alejandro G. Inarritu. Top of the Lake Season 2 and the Twin Peaks revival will screen from Jane Campion and David Lynch, respectively.
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Ismael’s Ghosts, dir: Arnaud Desplechin (Out of Competition)
70th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
Top of the Lake: China Girl, dirs: Jane Campion & Ariel Kleiman
24 Frames, dir: Abbas Kiarostami
Natalie Leite’s rape-revenge thriller stars a riveting Francesca Eastwood seeking vigilante justice.
In a world where rape and sexual assault often go unpunished, the rape-revenge genre is woefully unpopulated. Last year, Paul Verhoeven’s Elle marked a resurgence in sexual assault vigilante justice films, which emerged in the ’70s with classics such as I Saw the Devil, the original The Last House on the Left, and The House of the Spirits. (In 2002, there was also Gaspar Noe’s Irréversible, now a hallmark of the genre.)
At SXSW 2017, Natalia Leite unveiled perhaps the bravest, rawest rape-revenge thriller yet. M.F.A. stars Francesca Eastwood as Noelle, a timid art student struggling with creative inspiration and social anxiety. When a fling with a self-aggrandizing classmate materializes, Noelle seems poised to emerge from her shell. But it turns out that her suitor is a rapist, and no one, including the school administration, gives a damn. Noelle takes things into her own hands.
«It’s easier to just shut up. That, more than anything, was why I made the film.»
For David Lynch, it all begins with an image.
In the cinematic worlds of David Lynch, image is king. Like a true surrealist, the auteur crafts his films with an aesthetic language that moves between dreams and reality; in one scene, a stark realist shot can transmogrify into a bizarre, even haunting, dreamscape.
As a new video essay from Andreas Halskov points out, Lynch draws much of his visual inspiration from art history. His imagery, however enigmatic, has roots in famous films, photographs, and works of art, such as Edward Hopper’s «Chop Suey» (diner scene in Blue Velvet), James Whales’ The Bride of Frankenstein (the hair in Eraserhead), Otto Preminger’s 1944 film Laura (the photograph of Laura Palmer in Twin Peaks), and surrealist artist Rene Magritte’s «Decalcomania,» to name a few.
Lynch also borrows heavily from baroque iconography imagery, a movement that utilized allegories to express complex scenes. Lynch himself has pointed to Francis Bacon, a 20th-century British-Irish painter known for bold, grotesque, and emotionally-charged imagery, as a direct influence.
«We can’t help them and kill them at the same time.» Netflix has launched a new full-length trailer for the film War Machine, the latest from talented Australian filmmaker David Michod (Animal Kingdom, The Rover). We featured a teaser trailer for this right around the Oscars, but this full trailer dives fully into this drama (which has nothing to do with Marvel or Iron Man). Brad Pitt plays a four star general who must deal with the repercussions of a challenging war in the Middle East. Described as a «pitch-black war story for our times», this seems like a brutally honest look at America’s modern wars. The full cast includes Tilda Swinton, Sir Ben Kingsley, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Will Poulter, Keith Stanfield, Emory Cohen, John Magaro, RJ Cyler, Scoot McNairy and Meg Tilly. This looks pretty damn good. ›››
Like a decades-old murder case where the deranged killer was never caught, HBO’s True Detective won’t stay buried. While the show has been on indefinite hiatus since the end of its deeply unpopular second season, it sounds like the once-beloved anthology mystery show may be lurching back into life with the help of a television veteran responsible for some of the greatest shows of all time. Are you ready for True Detective season 3?
Entertainment Weekly reports that series creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto has penned the first two episodes of a potential third season. More importantly, he has someone standing over his shoulder: David Milch, the creator of NYPD Blue and Deadwood, and one of the television medium’s bonafide mad geniuses. The only thing more entertaining than the stories of Milch’s sets, where chaos reigns and last-minute rewrites are commonplace, is the television he actually creates. He is a superb storyteller, a master dialogue writer, and the exact kind of person you’d want to see nudging Pizzolatto in the right direction.
Right now, it’s not clear to what extent Pizzolatto and Milch are collaborating, but it’s easy to imagine them gelling quite well. Both men have excelled in telling stories of broken masculinity and bad decision-making in dangerous places. They’re obsessed with haunted anti-heroes whose greatest strengths fuel their greatest weaknesses. After True Detective season 2, it was increasingly clear that Pizzolatto could use a guiding hand to help keep him on track. Could Milch be the guy for the job?
It must be noted that True Detective season 3 has not been greenlit and that everything is still in the earliest stages. This could happen or it could not happen. The important thing right now is that a third season hasn’t been completely tossed and forgotten.
The first season of True Detective remains a masterpiece, a mesmerizing blend of horror and police procedural that was so specific and unique that it seemingly defied parody. The second season, which featured a brand new cast and location, somehow proved the first season wrong by descending into self-parody. While I got along quite well with season 2’s absurd characters, hilariously indecipherable plot twists, and dialogue that felt like it was written with a Thesaurus proudly propped up next to the keyboard, I was very much in the minority. True Detective season 2 remains a perfect modern example of a clearly talented storyteller completely falling off the rails.
True Detective season 1 benefitted from Pizzolatto having director Cary Joji Fukunaga around for all eight episodes and the stories of them bumping heads during production speak volumes. They made each other’s work better. If True Detective season 3 comes into being, I hope HBO and Pizzolatto realize that some of the best art is born from artists challenging one another. Then again, maybe that’s why Milch is around in the first place.
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